Okay, so this weekend I got to write a lot. I was on fire, which is good because lately it’s been hard finding the time to just write.
But…what I have to say next may make some of you mad. I feel like it’s the skinny girl who complains about eating everything and still can’t gain weight type of comment or the girl who has to keep saying no to guys who ask her to homecoming because she already has the perfect date. The type where you’re like, oh geez, it must be so hard to have your problems (insert eye roll here).
Anyways, I’ve been writing a lot, but now I have two projects that I’m doing. I’ve been working on a piece for a few months that is all plotted out and I have about 75 pages done. However, when I was in Florida I got an idea that wouldn’t let me go. It got me so fired up that I couldn’t sleep and ending up writing until about four-thirty in the morning.
I’ve never had a problem like this. I have two books that are begging to be written, and I’m not quite sure what to do.
On one hand, the first book is plotted, I’ve been working on it for awhile and I love the lyricism of my writing. It’s from a piece that I wrote in one of my MFA workshops and I like how literary it is. I love the characters and the story haunts me. It’s not a happy piece, it’s hard to write, but what is coming out of this writing excites me.
Then, there is the new idea. It won’t let me alone. It keeps me up at night and I love the possibilities of where it may go, but it also scares me. This book is different than anything I’ve written before. It has a dual narration, one being male. I never write in a male’s voice, but his male is speaking to me. It needs a lot of plotting and planning to get the voices to work together side by side, but when they do, I think the story could be pretty awesome.
I really don’t know what to do. Summer vacation is coming up (30 days, but I’m not counting...ha!), and summer is when I get most of my writing done (I leave the school year for revising). I need to decide what to focus on, because I can’t write two stories at once. I’m not that talented!
So what should I do? Have you ever been in a situation like this? How o you decide? Do you have any thoughts, ideas, and recommendations? I’m really torn right now. I love both stories, so I have no idea how to proceed. Help? Help? Anyone?